Industrial, Solar - September 29, 2021
Solar Project to Power Gerdau Steelmaking Breaks Ground
Gerdau Long Steel North America will soon source solar energy for one of its steel mills from a project that began construction Sept. 24.
The steel product manufacturer will receive power from the 80 MW behind-the-meter solar facility, which is planned to be installed directly adjacent to its Midlothian Steel Mill. The solar project will be constructed by 174 Power Global and TotalEnergies featuring Geradu’s solar beam pilings.
The 231,000-panel solar project to provide clean power to the steel mill and offset the emissions of more than 13,000 Texas households.
Gerdau and 174 Power Global previously completed a 20-year PPA for the power generated at the facility. The project is expected to reach commercial operation by the summer of 2023.
“Sustainability is core to Gerdau and our Midlothian facility, and we look forward to using the green energy generated by the Gerdau Solar project to reduce our environmental footprint and bring long-lasting economic benefits to Midlothian,” Chia Yuan Wang, president of Gerdau Long Steel North America, said in a statement.